Michelle Obama in L.A. for Kimmel show, fundraiser at Will Smith's
Hollywood celebrities Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, have sold out their fundraising lunch featuring First Lady Michelle Obama at their Calabasas mansion Thursday.
“We made history y’all! The fundraiser that Jada and I are hosting for our First Lady is SOLD OUT — and we helped Mrs. Obama beat the fundraising record for a seated First Lady!” Smith posted on his Facebook page this week.
But Southern California commuters need not worry that the first lady’s visit will tie up traffic as President Obama did during his visit Wednesday. U.S. Secret Service spokesman Joseph Beaty said no road closures were expected.
“There shouldn’t be anything with regards to traffic concerns,” Beaty said.
About 250 guests are expected to attend the $2,500 minimum plate luncheon, which will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties. According to the Obama campaign website, those who donate $10,000 per couple will get to pose for a photo with the first lady, while a $40,000 donation also includes a pre-meal “meet and greet.”
On her Facebook page, Pinkett Smith thanked “a group of incredible women” for helping pull off the record-setting fundraiser: Salma Hayek, Kawanna Brown, Rebecca Carter, Mai Lassiter and other women on the event planning team, the White House campaign and the first lady’s staff. Brown’s husband is Roc Nation co-founder Jay; Lassiter is married to film producer James; and Carter’s husband, Troy, is Lady Gaga’s manager.
“Women working together no matter race, color, religious beliefs, economics, etc… Can change the world…TOGETHER,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
The Smiths have not yet posted how much was raised.
The first lady is also scheduled to deliver remarks at a campaign event Thursday afternoon, then visit “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The appearance is scheduled to air at 12:35 a.m.
-- Teresa Watanabe